Sunday, June 08, 2008

Let's ban "assault knives"

And trucks. No word if this vehicle was fueled with biodiesel. So, seven people (so far) are dead in this brutal attack. All the guy used was a truck and a knife. No guns. Maybe, just maybe, the problem is homicidal thoughts and not the instruments used in homicide? There are some Indonesian folk tales about evil swords that *like* to kill, but my guns are pretty much inert lumps that do what they are told. No complaints about only slaying paper targets.

I don't know if this is just media hype, but there seem to be some strange stories coming out of Japan lately. Like the "monster parents" who ensured a grade-school play featured 25 Snow Whites and no dwarves because all of them wanted their child to play the lead. Now this guy who was "tired of life" and thoughtfully decided he would also help some innocent bystanders out of this vale of tears as well. Hopefully this is just a temporary aberration. I never thought the extreme emphasis on consensus at all costs was a good thing in the long run, and all it takes is one rude person to screw it up for everyone else in a consensus-driven culture. Looks like they figured that out.


Anonymous BillT said...

He was "tired of life" and meekly surrendered when the cops threatened to shoot him.

Yup. Got it.

1:44 PM, June 08, 2008  

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